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Prayer Walk by Bill Gray

So I completed the Prayer Walk. At first I must admit that I thought it pretty hokey. I mean, I pray for the church and all, and for specifics as they are needed, but walking through the building and praying? Surprise—I was surprised. You know, the building really is quite large. There are areas that I hardly ever see or use. This could be compared to my prayer life. There are areas in prayer that I’ve hardly ever gone, methods I hardly use or hear about. As I go through ... Read More »

Stillness

Have you had those moments when all of a sudden a wind inside just sweeps over you? Like a warm rush. In a split second I feel my humanity. It is those moments I am so aware of my need for God; my deep desire to commune with the Creator. It’s the proverbial two by four. Christ says to me, “Where have you been? You aren’t at all centered. You are all over the place. The world is gripping you and you are letting it; seduced by the fruits of ... Read More »

Learn Your Story by Susan Ward

Three questions. Why do people need Jesus Christ? Why do people need the Church? Why do people need our church? Depending on how you look at it, those three questions can be very easy or very difficult to answer. They can be easy because it’s easy to look at others and make general assumptions. It’s easy to say, “Well all people are sinners, and, therefore, they all need to be saved so they all need Jesus. People need the Church because the Church teaches you about Jesus, and people need ... Read More »

Beautiful Songs to Share God’s Love by Yoon Nam

Happy Mother’s Day to all who are mothers or live like mothers to others! After I became a mother, I learned more about God’ s love and care as our Father. God’s love was even more meaningful to me than ever before. I also became more appreciative of my mom. I think that most mothers feel the same as I do. I truly believe that God made mothers to show His care and love toward us on earth. We will have several beautiful songs to share God’s love and to ... Read More »

Lift Your Light by Yoon Nam

The month of May is at our door step. It’s hard to believe how fast time passes. I am very excited in the month of May to “Pray in May.”  Some people compare prayer to breathing.  I understand that view of “breathing” but I think that even though we can’t survive without breathing, we can live without prayers.  I think that living without prayers as Christians is like being alive without deep breathing. We often live without enough deep breathing. I notice when I am physically or emotionally involved,  I ... Read More »

Why I Choose to Be A Christian by Susan Ward

Sunday was Confirmation Sunday at Floris UMC. As a congregation we celebrated as these students made declarations of their Christian faith. Watching that take place, it’s only natural to think about our own journeys in the Christian faith. For those of us who are Christians, at some point we had to make the decision whether or not to follow Christ like the confirmands made today. But that is not a decision we make only once. As we go through life, we are asked to make that choice again and again. ... Read More »

Just Love by Yoon Nam

This week I have experienced nonstop thunderstorms in Bloomington, Indiana. I am visiting my school to finish up my dissertation. Hearing last Sunday’s powerful sermon, I have thought about passion in God’s calling. I could feel strong passion from the pastor’s heart through his words. What is our calling as Christians from the Lord? Our common calling is to be one of His followers. One of the newspaper pictures from Boston keeps recurring in my head and it is related to our calling. A runner held a wounded stranger to ... Read More »

We Are the Church by Yoon Nam

As we start a new sermon series with “Just Love,” it leads me into many thoughts about my experiences.  God continually emphasizes that we take care of the fatherless, widows, and foreigners with the same compassion and mercy that God shows us. We all have donated or volunteered to help those in need in different ways here and there. Even though justice requires action to be completed, I have examined the attitude in my heart toward them. I confess, shamefully, that my heart is filled with hypocrisy. When I pass ... Read More »

Easter People, Easter Songs by Yoon Nam

“He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me, along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” I hope everyone had a blessed Easter. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all who worked so hard during Holy Week and Easter. Choir members spent many hours rehearsing and praying prayers to lift up the best music to glorify God on Good Friday night, and at ... Read More »

Behold the Lamb by Yoon Nam

Then John saw Jesus coming toward him, and John said, ”Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Holy Week gives us special moments to steer our daily routines closer to the cross, and a chance to pause and meditate on the meaning of Holy Week and Easter. In the early churches, they read the Passion story from one of the Gospels during the Holy Week. Originally, a priest read through the Passion story and in the Middle Ages, they recited it with ... Read More »

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